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  The purpose and goal of brain mapping is to advance the understanding of the relationship between structure and function in the human brain. Scientists in this field seek to gain knowledge of the physical processes that underlie human sensation, attention awareness and cognition. These results are immediately applicable to surgical intervention, to the design of medical interventions and to the treatment of psychological and psychiatric disorders.

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12/19
Patient exposed to Ebola Discharged from NIH Clinical Center Today
The patient has shown no evidence of Ebola infection and will complete 21 days of monitoring.…
12/17
NIH complementary and integrative health agency gets new name
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine is now the National Center for Comple…
12/17
Study finds genetic clue to menopause-like condition in young women
NIH-funded research may also contribute to understanding normal menopause.…
12/17
Despite risks, benzodiazepine use highest in older people
National Institutes of Health-supported study examines prescribing patterns.…
12/17
Request for Information (RFI) on the Future Directions of Lupus Research
Notice NOT-AR-15-007 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts…
12/17
Update on Patient with exposure to Ebola at the NIH Clinical Center
NIH continues to observe and monitor patient with exposure to Ebola at NIH Clinical Center.…
12/17
Chronic high blood sugar may be detrimental to the developing brain of young children
NIH study shows young children with type 1 diabetes have significant difference in brain development…
12/16
Low-glycemic diets may not improve cardiovascular outcomes when compared to high-glycemic diets
Results of the study appear online in the Journal of the American Medical Association.…
12/16
Teen prescription opioid abuse, cigarette, and alcohol use trends down
However, NIH?s 2014 Monitoring the Future survey shows high rates of e-cigarette use and fewer conce…
12/15
Update to Budget Instructions for PAR-13-333 "Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program (R25)"
Notice NOT-GM-14-140 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts…
12/15
12/15
Update to Budget Instructions for PAR-13-341 "Bridges to the Doctorate Program (R25)"
Notice NOT-GM-14-139 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts…
12/15
12/15
NIH recruits three Lasker Clinical Research Scholars
Cohort for clinical research program continues to grow.…
12/11
UPDATE: Patient with exposure to Ebola arrives safely at NIH Clinical Center
Patient will be observed in the Clinical Center?s special clinical studies unit.…
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12/22
Study finds connection between balance and brain health
… small vessel disease using brain magnetic resonance imaging. ?Researchers…
12/22
Diabetic kids have slower brain growth
… diabetes (T1D). They used structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and…
12/22
Broad receptive field responsible for differentiated neuronal activity
Some neurons are more active than others, even when they are positioned right next to each other and…
12/21
Diabetes: High Blood Sugar In Young Children Linked To Slower Brain Growth
… type 1 diabetes using structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)…
12/21
Type 1 diabetes could slower brain growth
… Type 1 diabetes using structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and cognitive tests. The…
12/21
First successful vaccination against 'mad cow'-like wasting disease in deer
Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center and elsewhere say that a vaccination they have developed t…
12/20
Standing on one leg for 20 seconds can predict stroke risk
… then followed up with brain magnetic resonance imaging to identify cerebral small vessel &…
12/20
Inability To Stand On One Leg May Reflect Stroke Risk
… disease was evaluated using brain magnetic resonance imaging. Researchers…
12/20
Stroke risk may reflect in inability to stand on one leg
… disease was evaluated using brain magnetic resonance imaging. Researchers…
12/20
Japanese physicians reveal how standing on one leg can save your life
… stroke or potential stroke using magnetic resonance imaging. There was a very high ……
12/19
Brain's 'homing signal' points us in right direction
Scientists discover that a homing signal in the brain's entorhinal region tells us not only which di…
12/19
Microexons: Small fragments of genes, essential for neurone maturation
The genome is the cell's book of instructions. All the cells in our body contain the same genomic in…
12/19
Trigger mechanism for recovery after spinal cord injury revealed
After an incomplete spinal cord injury, the body can partially recover basic motor function. So-call…
12/19
Novel agent decreases neuropathic pain in patients with type 2 diabetes
Molecular Medicine, a peer-reviewed biomedical journal published by the Feinstein Institute Press, p…
12/19
Scientists locate "internal compass" in the brain
… way to measure it using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In the study, 1…
12/19
Misfiring in the brain's control system linked to OCD
Compulsions as a result of OCD may be down to the brain's control system misfiring, says a new study…
12/19
Islet cell transplantation restores type 1 diabetics' blood sugar defense mechanisms
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) patients who have developed low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) as a complication o…
12/19
OCD Patients? Brains Light up to Reveal How Compulsive Habits Develop
The compulsions in OCD could be due to a misfiring in the caudate nucleus, a new neuroimaging study …
12/19
Internet addiction affects 6 percent of people worldwide
Internet addiction is an impulse-control problem marked by an inability to inhibit Internet use, whi…
12/19
Study finds Illinois is most critical hub in food distribution network
Illinois is the most critical hub in the network of U.S. domestic food transfers, according to a new…
12/19
Rice study fuels hope for natural gas cars
Cars that run on natural gas are touted as efficient and environmentally friendly, but getting enoug…
12/19
Scientists Locate "Internal Compass" In Human Brain
… way to measure it using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In the study, 1…
12/19
Early exposure to antidepressants affects adult anxiety and serotonin transmission
Now, a UCLA team has studied early developmental exposure to two different antidepressants, Prozac a…
12/19
NeuroPod: December 2014
?Bat nav?, imaging the spinal cord, and the highlights of NeuroPod in 2014.…
12/19
Standing on one leg for 20 seconds can predict chance of dementia or stroke
… study analysis. They also had magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to a…
12/18
Computer network rivals primate brain in object recognition
Primates visually recognize and determine the category of an object even at a brief glance, and to d…
12/18
Important gene interaction defined that drives aggressive brain cancer
Targeted therapies are a growing and groundbreaking field in cancer care in which drugs or other sub…
12/18
High socioeconomic status increases discrimination, depression risk in black young adults
An investigation into factors related to disparities of depression in young adults has found that hi…
12/18
Standing on one leg for 20 seconds can predict chance of dementia
… study analysis. They also had magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to a…
12/18
Trigger mechanism for recovery after spinal cord injury revealed
After an incomplete spinal cord injury, the body can partially recover basic motor function. So-call…
12/18
Islet cell transplantation restores type 1 diabetics' blood sugar defense mechanisms
Type 1 diabetes patients who have developed low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) as a complication of insu…
12/18
Internet addiction affects 6 percent of people worldwide
Internet addiction is an impulse-control problem marked by an inability to inhibit Internet use, whi…
12/17
Diffusion Tensor Imaging in Radiation?Induced Myelopathy
ABSTRACT Radiation myelopathy (RM) is a rare complication of spinal cord irradiation. Diagnosis is b…
12/17
Convexity Subarachnoid Hemorrhage with PiB Positive Pet Scans: Clinical Features and Prognosis
CONCLUSIONThe finding of cSAH and PiB binding in our patients suggest underlying CAA. cSAH may be as…
12/17
Orientation columns in the mouse superior colliculus
More than twenty types of retinal ganglion cells conduct visual information from the eye to the rest…
12/17
Quantification of Global Cerebral Atrophy in Multiple Sclerosis from 3T MRI Using SPM: The Role of Misclassification Errors
CONCLUSIONSWe report the validity of a segmentation pipeline for the detection of MS?related brain a…
12/16
Understanding recovery process could have implications for many different injuries of the central nervous system
An interdisciplinary team of neuroscientists and neurosurgeons from the University of Rochester has …
12/15
Postinfectious Opsoclonus?Myoclonus Syndrome in a 41?Year?Old Patient?Visualizing Hyperactivation in Deep Cerebellar Nuclei by Cerebral [18F]?FDG? PET
ABSTRACT A 41?year?old woman presented with acute onset headache, vertigo, nausea, and gait disorder…
12/15
Carotid Ultrasonography Can Identify Stroke Patients Ineligible for Intravenous Thrombolysis Therapy due to Acute Aortic Dissection
We report a case of a patient with acute ischemic stroke who was deemed ineligible for intravenous r…
12/15
Enhancer??core-promoter specificity separates developmental and housekeeping gene regulation
Gene transcription in animals involves the assembly of RNA polymerase II at core promoters and its c…
12/15
Susceptibility?Weighted Phase Imaging and Oxygen Extraction Fraction Measurement during Sedation and Sedation Recovery using 7T MRI
CONCLUSIONSignificant change in ?OEF during conscious sedation using midazolam and propofol could be…
12/15
12/15
Monitoring of Short?Term Erythropoietin Therapy in Rats with Acute Spinal Cord Injury Using Manganese?Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging
CONCLUSIONMEMRI successfully depicts the therapeutic effect of EPO in early SCI that leads to a sign…
12/10
Neuroscience: Dragonflies predict and plan their hunts
An analysis reveals that the dragonfly's impressive ability to catch its prey arises from internal c…
12/10
Spatiotemporal transcriptomics reveals the evolutionary history of the endoderm germ layer
The concept of germ layers has been one of the foremost organizing principles in developmental biolo…
12/08
Higher-than-predicted saltation threshold wind speeds on Titan
Titan, the largest satellite of Saturn, exhibits extensive aeolian, that is, wind-formed, dunes, fea…
12/03
Homo erectus at Trinil on Java used shells for tool production and engraving
The manufacture of geometric engravings is generally interpreted as indicative of modern cognition a…
12/03
Three-dimensional head-direction coding in the bat brain
A study of freely moving bats provides new insights into how the brain encodes a three-dimensional n…
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At left: Researchers used fMRI technology to try to pull images out of peoples' brains.

Having modeled how images are represented in the brain, the researchers translated recorded patterns of neural activity into pictures of what test subjects had seen. Though practical applications are decades away, the research could someday lead to dream-readers and thought-controlled computers. "It's what you would actually use if you were going to build a functional brain-reading device," said Jack Gallant, a University of California, Berkeley neuroscientist. The research, led by Gallant and Berkeley postdoctoral researcher Thomas Naselaris, builds on earlier work in which they used neural patterns to identify pictures from within a limited set of options. The current approach, described this week in Neuron, uses a more complete view of the brain's visual centers. Its results are closer to reconstruction than identification, which Gallant likened to "the magician's card trick where you pick a card from a deck, and he guesses which card you picked. The magician knows all the cards you could have seen." In the latest study, "the card could be a photograph of anything in the universe. The magician has to figure it out without ever seeing it," said Gallant.
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